Southern United States Trade Association, et al. v. Guddh

(Client: Southern U.S. Trade Association)

Representing a multi-state trade association, the Firm won a crucial decision preserving the association’s federal defamation lawsuit. In a lengthy decision, Judge Eldon Fallon of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana denied two separate motions to dismiss asserting several jurisdiction and venue challenges. Adding to a rapidly evolving area of the law, the court agreed that personal jurisdiction existed over the defendant, a Florida resident, who allegedly posted to websites a series of defamatory statements aimed at the trade association in Louisiana. The decision may set new precedent, with Judge Fallon noting that, since 2002, “the [Fifth Circuit] Court of Appeals has not had the opportunity to revisit the subject of personal jurisdiction in an Internet defamation case.” Stephen H. Kupperman and Michael A. Balascio represented the client.